splitting tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Methuen, Ma
Question by denbarb701
September 14, 2010
My garden tomatoes are splitting while still on the vines. what is causing this?


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Answer from NGA
September 14, 2010

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Splitting can be caused by uneven watering. On almost-mature tomatoes the skin has stopped growing but the inside tissues are still absorbing water. Too much water (either rainfall or from the hose) at this point in the growth process can result in splitting. Try cutting back on your watering, applying a thorough soaking to the plant only twice a week. You can try growing split-resistant type such as Burpee's 'Delicious' if your weather is such that you can't control the amount of water your plants get. Good luck with your tomatoes.

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